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New Sock Knitting Pattern

One of my New Year Resolutions, was to publish a sock knitting pattern.  You’ll be glad to hear after a lot of work, tech editing and test knitting, I published it a couple of weeks ago.

The socks are called Vanilla with a Twist, named because they are like a vanilla sock, but with a couple of interesting twists.  I’ve heard good things about them from my test knitters, who say they fit perfectly.

You can get the pattern at my Ravelry Store or in my Etsy Store.  I’m also having a 20% sale in my Etsy Store to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.   So go and treat yourself to something lovely and soft and snuggly.

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Happy New Year and a New Adventure

Firstly, I’d like to wish all my readers and customers a Happy New Year.  I know it’s nearly a month late, but due to ill health I’ve not really been upto blogging.

Anyway, for Christmas, I got a new sewing machine off my hubby.  My old sewing machine was very small and very finicky to get the bobbin threaded correctly, so I decided I needed a new sewing machine.  


As you can see this sewing machine is very large, but is super easy to thread, especially the bobbin, and the needle even threads itself automatically.  The reason I wanted a new sewing machine is that I’ve gotten hooked on project bags.  I used to buy cute washbags and use them as project bags, but when I went to Bakewell Wool Gathering, I bought 3 proper project bags and have fallen down the project bag rabbit hole.  To curb my spending, I decided to buy some material and make my own, and when I get good enough I’ll be selling them over at my Etsy Store.

Last week I felt reasonably well, so with my hubby’s help I made my first project bag.  What do you think???

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Bakewell Wool Gathering 2016

Last weekend I went to the Bakewell Wool Gathering.  It was the first time I had been to this fibre show, so wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

I was pleasantly surprised.  There were a lot of Indie dyers there, mainly yarn, but there was some fibre.  The majority of the yarn was a reasonable price, but there was a couple of stalls that were asking ridiculous amounts of money.  Over £40 for 100g of yarn.  I wish I could get that price for my hand dyed yarn.

I bought a lot of yarny goodness, and some project bags to tide me over until I get round to making my own.


On Sunday we travelled to Chesterfield so I could visit Hobbycraft to get some grosgrain ribbon for my future project bags.


Hubby also treated me to a new steam iron, as mine was very old and was getting rusty.

I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend away, although I’m not too sure which I prefer, Woolfest or Bakewell Wool Gathering.  Woolfest is mainly fibre whereas Bakewell is mainly yarn, so I guess it depends on what I need to buy.

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I Love Yarn Day

Saturday was the 6th birthday of the “I Love Yarn Day”.


I stayed home all weekend and didn’t get to go to any yarn shops, and thought there might be some other fibre crafters that couldn’t get out, so decided to list all of hand-dyed yarn in my Etsy Store.

I also decided to put my whole shop on a 20% off sale.  I’ve had a few orders where people were taking advantage of the great prices.   The sale finishes Tuesday night, which gives you 23 hours to get a bargain or get some Christmas presents at a great price.  Tell all your friends and family so that they also get a bargain.

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Is your pet strange??

Just a quick post tonight to ask if your pet is as strange as my dog Dino??


This is Dino all snuggled up in his blanket.  I had to move the blanket to see where his head was and to check he was okay.

Tell me the strange things your pet does??

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New adventures in dyeing

The past few weeks I’ve started hand-dyeing yarn.  I’ve been dyeing fibre for a few years and thought I would venture into the world of yarn dyeing.

I’ve had mixed results, some good then today was bad.  Everything went wrong today, but I’ve overdyed a couple of skeins and am hopeful that they will look gorgeous when dry.

Yesterday afternoon hubby and I photographed them all.  I processed the photos last night, and tonight I launched my hand-dyed yarn line in my Etsy shop.

I’m also offering a 20% sale until Tuesday evening, so go along at get some great bargains ready for Christmas.

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New Adventure

Last month I had quite a few good sales in my Etsy shop, so I’ve decided to reinvest that money into my business and have bought some bare yarn to handpaint and sell.


Yesterday morning this big box arrived with all the loveliness in it.


I can’t wait to get started on hand painting this yarn and I intend on making the colour ways repeatable, whereas my fibre is one of a kind.  

I’ll keep you updated.